2018 Detroit Auto Show: Audi R8 Spyder — The Last of a Great Thing?

There’s rumor spreading that this current generation of Audi R8 will also be the last. For Audi enthusiasts, this is unbelievably depressing news. Not only is the Audi R8 the most exciting, most dynamic and most seductive car in Audi’s lineup, it also has some sentimental value. Up until the first-gen Audi R8’s release in 2008, the four-ringed brand was known only for fast sedans and wagons. It wasn’t until the R8 debuted that people took Audi seriously as a proper performance and supercar maker. Now, the current-gen R8 is a stunning machine, one that thrills more than any other Audi product. And that’s never been more true than with this Audi R8 V10 Spyder seen at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

The Audi R8 V10 Spyder is nothing new, as we’ve seen it numerous times before. However, it’s always good to see it and it’s always the star of the Audi stand at any auto show. Now that we know it’s soon to be going away, or at least it’s rumored to be, the R8 Spyder shines even brighter. Life isn’t beautiful because it lasts, I suppose.

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Seen here in Tango Red Metallic, the Audi R8 Spyder is stunning, especially on the 20″ Y-spoke black wheels and with the carbon fiber package, which add a great contrast to the bright red paint. We also might be in the minority of enthusiasts who prefer the look of the R8 Spyder over the regular Audi R8 Coupe. The psuedo louvers on the rear deck look great and the sleeker look thanks to the lack of roof makes the R8 looks really quite special and even more exciting than the already stunning coupe.

We seriously hope that the Audi R8 does not go the way of the dodo. It’s easily the most exciting and most engaging Audi on the market, while also acting as the brand’s performance halo car. But there’s a real possibility that it might be done in a couple of years. So embrace it while you can and check it out at the Detroit Auto Show.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.